FLORENCE -- Francis Marion University, one of three sites in the nation, is hosting a Quality Education for Minorities weeklong science, math and computer program for nearly 40 area students this week, Aug. 9-13.
South Florence and Wilson high school students are participating in the 1999 Academic Review and Enrichment Workshops, sponsored by the GE Fund/Florence and QEM Network Seamless Pathway Partnership Project. The Florence program is one site for the pilot program; the other two sites are Cleveland, Ohio, and Lowndes County, Alabama.
According to Dr. Leroy Peterson, associate professor of chemistry at FMU, the youth will conduct science experiments, build on their math skills and learn new computer skills. The review program is designed to strengthen students’ understanding of mathematics and science concepts and better prepare them for success in the upcoming academic year.
This is the first year the enrichment program, helping students in grades 9-12, has been held on the FMU campus. The program also seeks to refine student’s writing and presentation skills.
The GE Fund/QEM Partnership Project is a three-year pilot initiative to support talented students in mathematics and science who are from low-income families, and who may be the first in their families to attend college.
Thursday morning the local media are welcome to campus to see the program in action. Please contact Dr. Peterson at 661-1454 for more information. The program will meet in the Leatherman Science Facility, rooms 107 and 109, and in the McNair Science Building, room 318. There will be an award ceremony Saturday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m.-noon.
For more information about the QEM Network and the Seamless Pathway Partnership Project, contact the Network in Washington, D.C., at 1-800-487-5319.